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Golden Tote $59 + Add-Ons Clothing Tote Review – October 2018


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Golden Tote October 2018 - Packed Front

If you aren’t familiar with Golden Tote, here’s a really quick intro: Every month, a new “collection” of seasonally appropriate, trend-conscious clothing is added to their collection. Depending on the subscription level you choose, you can pick out 1-2 pieces from those options, and Golden Tote will surprise you with the rest. The surprise items are completely different from the collections you pick from. Golden Tote also offers a Surprise Tote, where you choose your preferred size but leave all the picking up to the stylists at Golden Tote.

Golden Tote October 2018 - Closer Tag Front

This is a review of the 2-item Golden Tote, which is $59.00 + an add-on item.

This $59.00 tote comes with two pieces—one I pick, plus one they pick for me. You can also pick member-priced add-on items to toss in with your order. This is my first Golden Tote bag, but I’ve seen reviews of this subscription before, so I couldn’t wait to see what my stylist picked out for me.

Golden Tote October 2018 - Bag Front View

I love reusable bags, and this shimmery leaf design is perfect for fall, although I will probably end up using it all year round.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Golden Tote October 2018 - All Products Front

About Golden Tote Clothing Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Golden Tote 2-Item Tote plus Add-Ons

The Cost: Golden Tote offers a $149.00 Golden Tote (5 clothing items), or $59.00 Mini Tote (2 clothing items). Both allow you to pick at least one of the items you get and choose member-priced add-on items that you’d like to receive as well. The other items are all a surprise! There’s also a Surprise Tote (3 clothing items all picked by Golden Tote) for $89.00. I’ll be reviewing the 2-item tote today, plus the one add-on item I chose!

The Products: The 5-item Golden Tote includes 2 clothing items that YOU choose from their catalog, plus 3 items that Golden Tote’s stylists choose for you based on your preferences. The 3 additional items don’t typically come from the catalog, so they’re complete surprises. Golden Tote releases a new “collection” of items to add to its catalog. The items are a mix of trendy and timeless looks, including dresses, casual tops, blouses, bottoms, denim, and third pieces like cardigans and jackets.

Ships to: The US for $5.95 or free on orders $149.00 and over. International for $30.00.

Delivered via: UPS or USPS

Golden Tote 2-Item Tote + One Add-On October 2018 Review

Golden Tote October 2018 - Invoice Front View

Every shipment includes an itemized invoice and information about returns or exchanging sizes.

Now on to my new fall pieces!

Golden Tote October 2018 - Striped Tie Skirt Full Pose Front View 1

Golden Tote October 2018 - Striped Tie Skirt Full Pose Front View 2

Golden Tote October 2018 - Striped Tie Skirt Closer Side View

Striped Tie Skirt, Medium – Retail Value $40, Member Price $35

This skirt was my chosen item for this month. I was drawn to this unique piece immediately because rust is my favorite color to wear, and vertical stripes tend to be slimming and elongating (if that’s even possible). I just love it! I felt super confident wearing this skirt, but I will say the key to pulling this one off is either seamless underwear (please reference the third photo, lol (don’t worry – I didn’t wear it out like this! This photo is just to show you how sheer the fabric is)) or Spanx. Also, this skirt is made of 100% polyester so there is no give in the thigh area; even though I can’t do a split in it, I felt comfortable sitting and bending. I chose to wear this skirt high on my waist, and it fell perfectly, right above my knee. Everything from the cinched, elastic waistband to the cute bow in front to the side pockets – love, love, and love!!

Golden Tote October 2018 - So Fine Sleeveless Turtleneck Full Pose Front view

Golden Tote October 2018 - So Fine Sleeveless Turtleneck Half Pose Front view

Golden Tote October 2018 - So Fine Sleeveless Turtleneck Closer Front view

Golden Tote October 2018 - So Fine Sleeveless Turtleneck Belt Closer

So Fine Sleeveless Turtleneck, Medium – Retail Value $42, Member Price $38

Turtlenecks and I have a very brief history, but when I saw this turtleneck-wrap hybrid with a delicate suede belt, I just had to have this add-on. This rib fabric is 95% rayon and 5% spandex, and I can’t get over how amazingly soft and cozy it is (especially this buttery belt!). The seams are something I have to get used to because they don’t quite smooth out (since it is a wrap you can feel/see the layer underneath–reference 3rd pic down), but it is far from a deal breaker. The asymmetrical front of the wrap also adds a bit of whimsy to this piece, and I can’t wait to pair this shirt with a pair of tall leather boots and black leggings.

Golden Tote October 2018 - Jolie Button Top Full Pose Front View 1

Golden Tote October 2018 - Jolie Button Top Full Pose Front View 2

Golden Tote October 2018 - Jolie Button Top Closer View

Jolie Button Top, Medium

This top is what Golden Tote picked for me as the second item in my tote. Although the color scheme of this tote made my heart do a happy dance, this sweater just didn’t really fit me. I have a long torso, so I prefer shirts that sit a little lower to reach my hips. This shirt just met them but only with the faux, sewn in layer. If there wasn’t a gap in the middle of this shirt, it would have been a way better styling for me. Also, the faux layer look just isn’t a style I care for (but Murray seems to like it!). This shirt is no longer available on the Golden Tote website, and I couldn’t find it anywhere on the interwebs, so I am not sure what the cost could be. I would like to play around with this piece more, so if you have any suggestions on how to style it, I’d love some more direction in the comments.

The Verdict: I’ve watched Golden Tote a long time before subscribing, and I don’t know what was holding me back! The clothing items I chose were not only excellent quality, but everything from the cuts to the colors are unique and so “me.” I can’t wait to wear my new pieces out on the town this season! The surprise item wasn’t quite a hit this month, but to be fair, this is my first month subscribing. I have heard a lot of good feedback on Golden Tote stylists, and I am sure my surprise picks will improve as they get to know me and my style better. I can’t wait to see what choices and surprises next month brings!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Sign up now to start shopping regular totes! There’s no telling what pieces Golden Tote will pick for you, but the skirt and top I chose are still available and linked above!

Value Breakdown: This box cost a total of $102.95 ($59.00 tote + $38.00 add-on + $5.95 shipping). That means each item has an average cost of $34.32. 

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Written by Abby Holsinger

Abby Holsinger

Abby has been a box enthusiast since July 2011, finding her calling with Birchbox. That was the start of a new era for Abby, because she is now hooked on the subscription box life; she loves the idea of receiving (several) thoughtful treats from genius curators such as Lisa Sugar and Rachel Zoe. A few other loves of hers would be her dog named Bill Murray, Bill Murray and chocolate babka.

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9 Comments

  1. Wow I love that green top so much!! I didn’t look twice at it on the GT site but now I want it!

  2. I love that skirt!! the colour, shape, everything.

  3. Don’t forget that you can sell/trade on the Golden Tote Facebook group! I’ve gotten rid of a number of items that didn’t work for me that way.

  4. I got that green top and love it! I’m now thinking about grabbing that skirt after seeing it on you.

    • Thank you! I’ve been wearing both pieces nonstop 🙂

  5. I would suggest high waisted bells or wide leg jeans or khakis. It’ll draw the eye away from your middle and are finally back in fashion (long time lover of all things wide leg and bells 🙂

    • Thanks, I do think that would look better! I’ve been looking for a great wide leg pair of jeans, but no luck yet! Maybe next tote 🙂

  6. If you’re stuck with the brown top, consider cutting off the tacky faux layer and wearing it open over a flowy camisole or longer tank?

  7. I love the green sleeveless turtleneck! I think I need it.

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